News Reforms are being demanded for the agency that buys British military kit

The Goverment contractors Serco and Capita are among businesses being wooed to salvage the Ministry of Defence's much-criticised reforms of the agency that buys military kit.

Villepin backs 'Karachigate' claims against Sarkozy

A full-blown state scandal, involving President Nicolas Sarkozy and other senior figures, threatens to explode this week over "Karachigate", the allegation that political corruption and revenge-taking in France led to the murder of 11 French submarine engineers in Pakistan in 2002.

Cameron condemns 'leaky' defence department

David Cameron slapped down his Defence Secretary Liam Fox yesterday for running a "leaky" department as the Government was embroiled in a "spin row" over its big cuts in defence spending.

Nuclear sub 'was using old charts'

A nuclear-powered submarine may have run aground on a shingle bank because the charts used by its crew were out of date.

Experts assess damage to grounded submarine

A nuclear-powered submarine which ran aground on a shingle bank, embarrassing the Royal Navy, will be checked for damage today.

Women crew to join submarines

The US Navy selected four submarines yesterday to carry the first women to serve aboard what had been the last class of American naval vessel off-limits to them.

Billion-pound nuclear sub meets its match – some Scottish rocks

HMS Astute had been billed as the stealthiest of underwater fighting machines; one the enemy would find virtually impossible to see and track.

Nuclear submarine pulled free

A nuclear-powered submarine which ran aground on a shingle bank earlier today has been towed free tonight, the Royal Navy said.

The Navy submarines left all at sea

Today the Royal Navy's nuclear-powered submarine HMS Astute ran aground on a shingle bank during sea trials. But it is not the first time a Royal Navy submarine has got into difficulties while at sea.

Alexander Ponomarev: Sea Stories, Calvert 22, London

The Russian former nautical engineer, submariner and merchant seaman Alexander Ponomarev currently has his first major exhibition in London, at Calvert 22, and it's more than apparent that, though he may have left the sea behind as a profession, it is still at the centre of his very being. Sea Stories begins with an installation that is a complex piece of mechanical engineering (Ponomarev apparently required the assistance of two scientists from MIT to install it). A large clear cylinder of water runs the length of the gallery; the submarine that hangs above it is lowered into the water, and it adapts and changes as it moves along the tube, stealthy as a shark. To say more about what happens would ruin any surprise, suffice to say that Ponomarev is interested in the difference between what is on the surface and what lies beneath.

Aircraft cuts will dent our plans, warns BAE

BAE Systems has warned that its growth in 2010 will be weaker than expected following the Government's review of defence and security spending. The company plans to work with the Ministry of Defence to address the implications of the changes, but said it anticipated some modest impact on the performance of its UK business this year. It has also reduced its financial planning assumptions for the following years.

Trident decision delayed until after the election

Arguments about the need to replace the Trident nuclear weapons system will continue to rage until the next general election after the Prime Minister announced a delay of at least six years.

Letters: Strategic Defence Review

The costs of British power

Alexander Ponomarev's Sea Stories - a preview

The first UK-based solo exhibition of work by Russian artist Alexander Ponomarev opens in London next week.

Britain and France may share nuclear deterrent

Joint submarine patrols were rejected by Brown before the election, but they are now seen as an answer to defence cuts
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